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Posted by: Steve Kimmel 3 weeks ago

Saint Anne Communities, a healthcare and retirement nonprofit, announced Thursday, February 1 that it will close its Huntington location April 1.

The nonprofit is closing Saint Anne Communities at Victory Noll in response to changes in the healthcare landscape and financial challenges, including those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release said. The retirement community will offer Victory Noll residents new senior living options and assist 48 employees with job transitions.

“We understand the significant impact this difficult decision will have on our community,” Dan Kohnen, past president of the organization’s board of directors, said in a news release.

Saint Anne Communities is a Christian facility and a service of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. In addition to its Huntington location, the nonprofit has a Fort Wayne community, Saint Anne Communities at Randallia Place.

The Victory Noll location opened in 2017 on the grounds of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, a Catholic organization dedicated to hospitality, justice, simplicity and adaptability. The center was created to provide care and amenities for retired sisters and Huntington County seniors.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters is looking for alternative options that ensure the 12 sisters living at Victory Noll can live together after the closure.

The community also has 14 lay residents who have been offered new homes at Randallia Place.

The Huntington location had services including transportation to medical appointments, individualized care plans and 24-hour emergency assistance, according to Saint Anne Communities’ website. The living community also hosted Catholic Mass and had prayer rooms and a prayer garden.

Saint Anne Communities said in a news release that buyers with community-focused missions will be prioritized in the Victory Noll property’s sale.